The name of this organization is the “APPELLATE LAWYERS ASSOCIATION.”
The object of this Association is to foster and encourage a spirit of camaraderie among appellate lawyers; to promote closer relationships between these lawyers so that they may be mutually helpful to one another and to further their common interests; and to foster and encourage the highest professional and ethical standards in the prosecution and defense of appeals.
The Association promotes and encourages principles of fairness, equity, and inclusion within our membership.
The membership of the Association shall be divided into two classes: (a) active members and (b) honorary members.
The business of the Association shall be managed by a Board of Directors consisting of its officers, eight directors, and the immediate past President, who shall serve as an ex officio director for one year following the expiration of his or her term as President. Each shall have the right to vote.
Each director shall serve a two-year term until such director’s successor is elected or such director’s death, resignation, or removal, whichever is earlier. The terms of the eight directors shall be staggered with four expiring in any given year.
Any vacancies occurring on the Board of Directors shall be filled by vote of the Board of Directors with the assistance of the President, who shall recommend a candidate or candidates to fill that vacancy. A member elected by the Board of Directors to fill any vacancy shall serve for the remaining term of the vacancy and at the expiration of that term is immediately eligible to seek a separate two-year term, notwithstanding Section 2(c) of this Article.
Any director may resign at any time by giving written notice to the President. Such resignation shall take effect at the time specified therein, and unless otherwise specified in the notice, the acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.
The Board of Directors shall meet at least once during each of the months of August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April, and May. Board of Directors meetings shall be at the call of the President or by petition of any three members of the Board.
The President and any four members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum. In the absence of the President, seven members of the Board of Directors shall be necessary for a quorum.
The act of a majority of the members of the Board of Directors present in person or participating offsite through the use of dial-in conferencing or other remote methods of communication, for which a quorum exists, shall be the act of the Board of Directors, unless the act of a greater number is required by these bylaws, by the Articles of Incorporation or by law.
The officers of the Association shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, each of whom shall also be a Director.
To be eligible to serve as an officer of the Association, a person must be an active member in the Association for at least three years who:
Each officer shall be elected annually from among the members in accordance with these bylaws. Each officer shall serve a one-year term until such officer’s successor is elected or until such officer’s death, resignation, or removal, whichever is earlier.
Any officer may resign at any time by giving written notice to the President or Secretary. Any resignation shall take effect at the time specified. The acceptance of that resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.
Any vacancy occurring in any office because of death, resignation, or otherwise, shall be filled by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. An officer elected to fill a vacancy shall be elected for the unexpired term of such officer’s predecessor in office.
It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings and to perform such other duties as usually belong to the office of the President. The President shall, in general, supervise and control all of the business and affairs of the Association, and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors are carried into effect. The President shall execute contracts and all other instruments on behalf of the Association except where the signing and execution shall be expressly delegated by the Board of Directors to some other officer or agent of the Association. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.
It shall be the duty of the Vice President to preside in the absence of the President. The Vice President shall perform such other duties and have such other powers as the Board of Directors may determine or as may be delegated to the Vice President by the President.
The Secretary shall keep minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and the meetings of the members of the Association. The Secretary shall record all resolutions, acts, and votes. The Secretary shall see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws or as required by law, and shall perform all duties as may be assigned to such office. The Secretary shall certify the authenticity of the papers and documents of the Association when such certification is required. The Secretary shall have custody of all books and papers of the Association, except where expressly delegated by the Board of Directors to some other officer or agent of the Association.
The Treasurer shall collect, or direct agents authorized by the Board of Directors to collect, all dues of the members and all monies due or coming to the Association. The Treasurer shall invest the funds of the Association for the account of the Association in such manner as the Board of Directors shall determine. The Treasurer shall dispose of, or direct agents authorized by the Board of Directors to dispose of, funds of the Association as may be ordered by the Board of Directors, and shall render to the Board of Directors, whenever it may require, an account of all the transactions conducted as Treasurer and of the financial condition of the Association. The Treasurer shall prepare an annual budget for the fiscal year of the Association for approval by the Board of Directors no later than September 30 unless otherwise extended by the Board of Directors.
The official year of the Association shall govern the terms of the officers and directors. The fiscal year of the Association shall begin on July 1 and end on the succeeding June 30.
All members of the Association are required to pay initiation fees, dues, and other charges as determined by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors.
Receipts from dues, fees, and other sources shall be used for the current expenses of the Association.
At the direction of the Board of Directors, an inactive member may be reinstated to active membership. Each inactive member will be billed a reinstatement fee, set by the Board of Directors, along with any outstanding membership dues or charges.
These bylaws may be amended from time to time by an electronic vote of all active members. Following approval by the Board, the proposed amendment to the bylaws shall be sent electronically to all active members. Members shall vote electronically on the proposed amendment within 30 days of sending that proposed amendment. The amendment shall be adopted if two-thirds of responding active members vote in its favor.
Amended July of 2017.
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